Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Accessibility Policy
Forest Hill School aims for the academic success and personal happiness of every student.
We aim to help each student:
- Develop their talents and interests which can support a full and useful life
- Celebrate cultural and social diversity as a strength
- Leave school having reached the highest academic standard possible
- Achieve the skills to continue effective life-long learning
- Prepare to take up successfully the role of citizens of the future.
To support this aim we:
- Provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment
- Maintain high expectations of work and behaviour
- Foster creativity and initiative
- Promote self esteem
- Celebrate success in all areas.
Aims and objectives of this Policy
‘Every Teacher is a Teacher of SEND’
Provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special educational needs and disabilities Code of Practice
Promote independence, equality and consideration for others
Ensure that we celebrate the wide range of our students’ achievement
Support all students to excel by offering multiple pathways for progression
Equip students with the skills and attributes necessary for adult life
Create a welcoming atmosphere for parents.
Staff members seek to identify the needs of pupils with SEND as early as possible. This is most effectively done by gathering information from parents, education, health and care services (and feeding schools or early years settings) prior to the child’s entry into the school Where needs have not been previously identified staff have an obligation to report observations to the SENCo
Monitor the progress of all pupils in order to aid the identification of pupils with SEND. Continuous monitoring of those pupils with SEND by their teachers will help to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential
Make appropriate provision to overcome all barriers to learning and ensure pupils with SEND have full access to the National Curriculum. This will be co-ordinated by the SENCo , and Head Teacher and will be carefully monitored and regularly reviewed in order to ensure that individual targets are being met and all pupils’ needs are catered for
Work with parents to gain a better understanding of their child, and involve them in all stages of their child’s education. This includes supporting them in terms of understanding SEND procedures and practices and providing regular feedback on their child’s progress
Work with and in support of outside agencies when the pupils’ needs cannot be met by the school alone. Forest Hill School receives further support from Lewisham Education Psychology Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), MASH and a range of visiting specialists and professionals from the PCT
Create a school environment where pupils can contribute to their own learning by offering all students the opportunity to voice their own opinions. This is achieved by encouraging positive relationships with adults in school and carefully monitoring the progress of all pupils at regular intervals. Pupil participation is promoted across the school within the security of each House. The House community helps to build a sense of belonging, respect and value. A sense of comradeship and team spirit is also encouraged through wider opportunities for participation in school life (e.g. membership of the School Council, affiliation with sports teams and other clubs).